Tonight Brother Cardwell brought a message from Psalm 5, that “Every Christian Needs Encouragement.” He drew our attention to verse 3: “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up.” The focus of this message was on the words “I” and “will look up.” There are reasons why we need to look up to the Lord.
David had undergone very discouraging times. Several had wanted to kill him, yet despite what was going on in David’s life, he was determined to be encouraged and pray to the Lord. Likewise, we need to pray and look up to the Lord.
We have three reasons why we should look up to the Lord:
1. We need to look up because God is not wicked; He is holy and pure. In fact, the Lord despises a “bloody and deceitful man.” (Psalm 5:7) In Proverbs 6:16 – 19, God speaks of seven things that are an “abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” We should seek the same holiness that God demonstrates. Unfortunately, our society often thinks that sin is fun. God does not want His people to be wicked.
2. We need to look up because God will lead us. The God of our universe is leading us and directing us to righteousness. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Pro 3:5, 6) Because God is leading us and protecting us, we need to rejoice: “let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice.” (Pslam 5:11) Let us pray expecting that God will answer our prayers.
3. We need to look up because God will bless us. God is still on the throne. We need to tell others about His blessings. “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield.” (Psalm 5:12)
Are we asking God to use us in our local church? We have so much to be thankful to God for. We need to lift our voice, we need to pray to God – expecting a yes or no answer, and we need to look up to God.